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Introduction

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Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

Historical Definitions

There area number of terms that have been used in the Sentinel fan fiction community. Some of these definitions have stayed the same and some have changed over time. Some have been depended on the location of the particular Sentinel fan community. Below are some examples of historical definitions of words used in the Sentinel community.

Canon

The following definition dates to August 2003 in the Sentinel fandom:

"Canon" is the term for facts or ideas that have actually been stated/seen in an episode. [2]

The following definition is from cmshaw out of the X-Files, Sentinel, Highlander fandom. It dates from May 2005:

canon, adj. Refers to facts established by the original fiction. Usually referenced as one might reference a holy text.[3]

Slash

The following definition dates to December 1999 in the Sentinel fandom:

In fic, a story which supposes that two characters who are the same sex are romantically involved. In Sentinel fandom, usually the two are Jim and Blair. Some people really like this idea and some people really don't; here on alt.tv.sentinel, we try not to argue about it. [4]


The following definition dates to August 2003 in the Sentinel fandom:

"Slash" is the term for stories which contain a romantic relationship between two characters of the same gender; you must be 18 or older to access these stories. [5]

The following definition is from cmshaw out of the X-Files, Sentinel, Highlander fandom. It dates from May 2005:

slash, n. Fanfic featuring two (or more) people of the same gender romantically and/or sexually involved. Not to be confused with 'slasher', a type of horror film. Compare 'gayfic'. slash or slashy adj.
slash, v.t. To pair [a character] in a story with another of the same gender. [6]

Smarm

The following definition dates to 1999 in the Sentinel fandom:

"Smarm" is a particular variety of genfic which centers around (or at least heavily emphasizes) the intense friendship between the main characters. It usually involves verbal expressions of love and/or affection, and sometimes involves physical expressions of those feelings (this is called "glomming"). [7]

The following definition dates to 2000 in the Sentinel fandom:

"Smarm" has become a synonym for slushy badness - closer to the original meaning of the word. (When I first ran into it, its use seemed ironic - affectionate but self-mocking, like the use of "smut" in slashdom. It's losing that irony.) [8]

The following definition dates to August 2003 in the Sentinel fandom:

Smarm (a.k.a. warm fuzzies) - in the words of Kitty, a Sentinel Smarm Queen: (n) the visible (or audible) expression of affection between two friends, in which the non-sexual love they have for each other is momentarily glimpsed via some action. (v) to act in a manner which displays affection for a friend, esp. to do or say emotional things which would not normally be expected. [9]


The following definition is from cmshaw out of the X-Files, Sentinel, Highlander fandom. It dates from May 2005:

Smarm, n. Nonsexual love and comfort between two characters. Has no negative connotations. May be used in other shows' fandoms.[10]


The following definition dates to July 2005 in the Sentinel, Ghost Busters, Due South fandoms:

A type of story starring characters, usually of the same gender, who care and worry about each other a LOT. Not sexual or slashy, but rather a noble not-too-macho-to-admit-I-love-my-buddy brotherly-love kinda thing. Often found hand-in-hand with h/c, smarm sometimes does lead to slash and is often associated with it.
Notes: Senners have fought hard over the "degeneration" of smarm into near-smut. It's called romantic friendship by Xena bards. And there's a rating scale, too. ;)[11]


The following definition dates to June 2006 in the Sentinel fandom:

Smarm fanfiction :: A sub-group of gen (and most likely slash) which is quite popular with TS fanfic, this includes a very intense friendship between Jim and Blair. This can be shown as anything from friendly touches to hugs to prolonged embraces to kisses on the forehead and usually a bit beyond. At times, this area can become somewhat gray as it passes beyond smarm into pre-slash at which point it can depend on the reader for how they want to interpret the scene. [12]

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

1990s

  • In 1997, Guide Posts was founded. It was the "original" Sentinel gen fan fiction archive. The archive stopped adding new stories in January of 2002. It had over 3,000 stories archived.
  • During the late 1990s, many Sentinel fans wanted a warning if a character's hair was cut.
  • Around 1997, 852 Prospect, a Sentinel fan fiction archive, was founded. (lori)
  • Around 1998, the Sentinel fandom saw an increase in participation of male slashers [13]
  • In 1999, several of the more popular Sentinel authors started writing Star Wars fan fiction after the release of the Phantom Menace. A number of readers were upset at this, feeling that the Star Wars community was stealing their best writers.

2000s

Kerfluffles

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Influential Fanworks

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Fandom Members

Fandom Size

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External Links

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Sources

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